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Translator: KurazyTolanzuraytor Editor: Lucas
"As expected." Duan Ling Tian’s eyes focused as he came to a sudden understanding.
When Mortal Emperor Chu appeared, Duan Ling Tian noticed that the atmosphere was slightly off.
Firstly, Mortal Emperor Chu seemed to be extremely discontent with the Emperor.
Second, Fifth Prince Chu Xun, who originally knelt there pleading for forgiveness, heaved a sigh of relief when the Mortal Emperor Chu appeared. It was as if he’d seen his savior.
However, even then, Duan Ling Tian never would’ve thought that the relationship between the Fifth Prince and Mortal Emperor Chu would be that of father and son!
Wouldn’t that mean that this Fifth Prince was born of the adultery between Mortal Emperor Chu and the Emperor’s concubine?
The matter seemed to be slightly complicated.
"You…You two…" The Emperor was angered to the point that his pupils constricted, and he pointed out with his finger at Mortal Emperor Chu and Chu Xun and was unable to catch his breath.
"Imperial Brother, Xun doesn’t know medicine. The poison he infected you with is from a medicinal formula I gave him…" Mortal Emperor Chu looked at the Emperor with a calm gaze, as if he was saying something of no significance. "These years, I’ve guarded the Imperial Family and had no other hope besides seeing my only son ascend to the throne…But unfortunately, Imperial Brother, you’re too greedy for power, and you’re already past 60 but still unwilling to give up your throne."
What Mortal Emperor Chu said caused the Emperor’s face to go deathly pale. "This bastard is born of you and that bi**h?" The Emperor only felt a gloomy feeling in his chest when he thought about how he’d worn a green hat  all these years.
"Old goat, don’t insult my mother!" Chu Xun coldly swept the Emperor with his gaze. Since it had already come to this, he didn’t conceal it anymore.
"Haha…Hahahaha…" The Emperor burst out into a loud laugh, laughing madly. Only after a short while did he stop and look at Mortal Emperor Chu, then said, in a cold voice, "Fourth Imperial Brother, you falling out with me here today because of this bastard ought to not be to simply protect his life, right?"
Mortal Emperor Chu deeply glanced at the Emperor. "Imperial Brother, I came here today because I hope you can give up the throne to a better successor."
Give up the throne?
What the Mortal Emperor Chu said caused another stir again.
Even Duan Ling Tian never thought that this Mortal Emperor Chu would be so unscrupulous…
"What if I’m unwilling?" The Emperor asked, in a low voice, and his eyes were filled with a piercingly cold light.
"Imperial Brother, you’re an intelligent person." Mortal Emperor Chu said indifferently, and his calm tone, however, had a coercive meaning mixed within.
"What? Fourth Imperial Brother wants to force me to abdicate the throne?" The Emperor abruptly started laughing, and the coldness on his face grew stronger as if his face was covered in a layer of ice.
"So what if I am?" Mortal Emperor Chu had a carefree expression. He didn’t regard the Emperor with respect in the slightest.
"Presumptuous!" The Emperor’s face sank and he shouted out coldly.
Right at this moment, the Mortal Emperor paid no attention to the Emperor, as he seemed to have noticed something and looked towards the outside of the throne room.
Moreover, at the same time that he noticed, Xiong Quan, who was beside Duan Ling Tian, looked towards the outside as well.
Subsequently, the Divine Might Marquis Estate’s Senior Marquis and Marquis both looked towards the outside.
An unrestrained figure slowly walked in.
The figure wore a silk head dress and held a feather fan in his hand.
The person was a middle-aged scholar, and he slowly walked in to stand behind the Emperor.
The Emperor heaved a sigh of relief when he noticed the arrival of the scholarly middle-aged man.
"Dean Sima, those who adjust their actions to the times are wise. Could it be that you think that it is sufficient to rival me merely by yourself?" Mortal Emperor Chu’s gaze descended onto the middle-aged scholarly man, and a sense of gloominess was mixed within his voice.
"Dean Sima?" Duan Ling Tian’s face revealed shock.
The middle-aged man that appeared currently was no one else but precisely the teacher of Paladin Academy’s Star Mastermind Department, Sima Chang Feng!
Just now, this Mortal Emperor Chu had called Sima Chang Feng "Dean…"
Could it be that this teacher Sima of his was the elusive dean of Paladin Academy?
If it really was so, then this Dean had really concealed himself too deeply.
"Your majesty the Mortal Emperor, give up." Sima Chang Feng looked at Mortal Emperor Chu and said indifferently, "His majesty the Emperor is the legitimate ruler from the Crimson Sky Kingdom’s Imperial Family. If you want to forcefully make him abdicate his throne, then not to mention me, even the Senior Marquis would probably not stand idly by."
"Senior Marquis?" Mortal Emperor Chu’s gaze descended onto the old man that sat nearby, and the corners of his mouth curled into a sneer. "Not to mention the fact that the Senior Marquis is now infected with the poison of the Dark Nether Mink and is unable to utilize his Origin Energy…Even if the Senior Marquis wasn’t poisoned, so what? Could it be that you think that you two joining hands would be sufficient to match me?" As he spoke up to this point, Mortal Emperor Chu’s face revealed a sense of arrogance and conceit.
"Hahahaha…You majesty the Mortal Emperor, as expected of one who’s worthy of being called the rare talent in the Martial Dao of the Imperial Family." The old man who sat nearby couldn’t help but start laughing.
"Senior Marquis, I hope your Divine Might Marquis Estate won’t interfere in today’s matter. Otherwise, don’t blame this Mortal Emperor for showing no mercy." Mortal Emperor Chu looked at the Senior Marquis and spoke with a tone that didn’t lack a threatening intent.
"Hmph!" The Senior Marquis hadn’t spoken when Divine Might Marquis Nie Yuan had already taken a step forward. "Your majesty the Mortal Emperor, the Divine Might Marquis Estate only respects the legitimate ruler from the Imperial Family…If you really want to force the Emperor to abdicate his throne, then it’s committing high treason! I, Nie Yuan, will be the first to stand up and help his Majesty get through the difficulties and kill the traitors!"
"Good! Divine Might Marquis, it wasn’t a waste that I trusted you all these years." Seeing the Divine Might Marquis’s attitude, the Emperor couldn’t help but emit a gratified smile.
"Although I, Duan Ling Tian, am incapable, I’m indebted to his Majesty’s favor, and thus am willing to offer my services to his Majesty." Duan Ling Tian stated his position as well.
"You’re Duan Ling Tian?" Mortal Emperor Chu’s gaze descended onto Duan Ling Tian, and the corners of his mouth curled into a sneer. "You don’t have the qualifications to choose!"
"I won’t trouble your majesty the Mortal Emperor to worry about whether I have the qualifications to choose," Duan Ling Tian said indifferently.
"Duan Ling Tian, you’re presumptuous!" Chu Xun’s face sank as he shouted in a low voice.
"Hmm?" Duan Ling Tian looked at Chu Xun and laughed. "Fifth Prince…Oh, no, you aren’t the Fifth Prince anymore."
"You!" Chu Xun’s face went grim, and his eyes were filled with piercingly cold killing intent. "Duan Ling Tian, you’ll surely lose today. I’ll capture you and send you to my cousin sister and let her personally tear you into thousands of pieces!"
"What? Fifth Prince, are you so sure that you two will surely win?" Duan Ling Tian’s eyes narrowed as he lightly smiled.
"You’ll know really soon…After today, I, Chu Xun, will become the Emperor of the Crimson Sky Kingdom!" Chu Xun’s gaze became filled with fanaticism; it was as if he’d already seen the scene of himself reigning supreme over the lands.
"Wishful thinking!" The Emperor sneered.
"Imperial Brother, you’ll know very soon if it’s wishful thinking." Mortal Emperor Chu’s gaze swept past everyone present before descending onto Prime Minister Gu You Ting. "Prime Minister Gu, you’re wise and astute, so I’ll give you two choices…One, die with the old goat. Two, serve my son and assist my son in governing the Crimson Sky Kingdom."
When Gu You Ting saw Mortal Emperor Chu coming, he knew that he would have to make a choice.
Now he could discern that the Emperor’s gaze was looking at him as well.
For a moment, he was in a difficult position.
Whoosh! Whoosh! Whoosh! Whoosh! Whoosh!
Right at this moment, black figures flashed in from outside the throne room one by one and descended behind Mortal Emperor Chu.
A total of eight people. They were all old men who wore black clothes, and each one of them had cold and indifferent gazes.
It was precisely Mortal Emperor Chu’s Specter Guard!
"You majesty the Mortal Emperor, those thickheaded Half-step Void Stage martial artists have already been dealt with." One of the Specter Guards reported to Mortal Emperor Chu.
"Prime Minister Gu, what’s your choice?" Mortal Emperor Chu looked at Gu You Ting and asked once again, with a tone that contained an extra sense of impatience.
Gu You Ting didn’t hesitate anymore when he saw the Specter Guards arrive. "Your majesty, I’m sorry," he said to the Emperor, before flying towards Mortal Emperor Chu.
His speed was fast, but someone was even faster.
Sima Chan Feng, who was behind the Emperor, raised his hand to condense a palm print from Origin Energy that carried along a trace of a terrifying aura, and it instantly descended onto Gu You Ting, killing him.
"Sima Chang Feng!" Mortal Emperor Chu’s face sank. The white robe on his body fluttered without wind, and his long hair waved about. He was utterly enraged.
Sima Chang Feng moved to flash straight towards Mortal Emperor Chu with an imposing manner that could pierce through the sky.
Above Sima Chang Feng, 3,000 ancient mammoth silhouettes condensed into form and moved out with immense force…
"Second level of the Void Prying Stage!" Duan Ling Tian was surprised, as he never thought that the strength of this teacher Sima would be so strong.
"Hmph!" Mortal Emperor Chu’s face revealed disdain when faced with Sima Chang Feng flashing over. Then his body lightly trembled and 4.000 ancient mammoth silhouettes condensed into form above him.
Third level of the Void Prying Stage!
Duan Ling Tian’s pupils constricted when he saw this scene.
Worthy of being publically acknowledged as the strongest Void Prying Stage powerhouse in the Crimson Sky Kingdom, this Mortal Emperor Chu was actually a third level Void Prying Stage powerhouse.
"Dean Sima, this old man will come assist you." The old man that had sat at the side since the beginning revealed his second level Void Prying Stage cultivation.
"Father, be careful!" Nie Yuan’s body moved and entered into the battle. Above him, 2,000 ancient mammoths condensed into form.
Obviously, Nie Yuan had already broken through to the first level of the Void Prying Stage!
For a time, the earth quaked and the hills swayed within the throne room. The speed at which the four Void Prying Stage powerhouses fought at caused one to see things in a blur and be utterly unable to see it clearly.
At least Duan Ling Tian couldn’t see it clearly in the slightest.
The only thing he was able to discern was that even though it was three against one, Mortal Emperor Chu still had the advantage.
"Senior Marquis, looks like your Dark Nether Mink’s poison has been cured…Nie Yuan, I really never thought that you would’ve stepped into the Void Prying Stage!" Mortal Emperor Chu’s voice had a sense of astonishment mixed within.
The feather fan in Sima Chang Feng’s hand flashed out quickly and revealed the strength of a grade seven spirit weapon.
The father and son Divine Might Marquis pair took out their grade seven spirit weapons as well.
"Hmph! So what if you use spirit weapons? Three Void Prying martial artists, and only two have comprehended ‘Force’…I’ll let all of you experience Advanced Sword Force!" A dark blue three-foot-long blade appeared in Mortal Emperor Chu’s hand.
Everywhere the three foot long blade passed, the attacks of Sima Chang Feng and the others were directly disintegrated as easily as breaking dry branches.
Everyone was shocked the moment he swung his sword.
"Advanced Sword Force!" the Senior Marquis exclaimed in surprise, then he shouted out explosively, "Retreat!"
Instantly, the three of them flashed backwards in panic, avoiding Mortal Emperor Chu’s sword. They didn’t dare go head on against it.
"Specter Guards, heed my command. Capture Duan Ling Tian alive and kill everyone else without exception!" Chu Xun ordered.
Instantly, the eight Specter Guards pounced towards Duan Ling Tian and the group of Embroidered Uniform Guards under his command.
 Note: A Chinese expression that basically means cuckold.
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